Sometimes you just need a truck. Perhaps not a three-quarter-ton heavy-duty truck — but hey, it sure doesn’t hurt.
I recently moved into a new house, so with the test-car schedule indicating the upcoming presence of the 2017 Ram 2500 Limited, a trip to Ikea was planned to finally take care of our new abode’s currently vacant space. There were Strandmons, Fabrikors and an Eket to buy, and the Ram was the beast to get it done.
It should be noted, however, that this particular Ram 2500 is so much more than just a workhouse heavy-duty pickup. It’s the Limited trim, which brings with it all the bells and whistles, heated and leather-lined everything, special interior stitching and a grille treatment unique to Ram’s range-topping models. I could probably do without the latter, since the standard Ram grille looks so good, but it’s hard to argue with all the creature comforts. This particular truck also came with the mighty 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel, a limited-slip differential, tow mirrors and the Off-Road package, which adds Bilstein shocks, a transfer-case skidplate and hill-descent control for a surprisingly affordable $200.
It all adds up to quite a beautiful, yet imposing, truck … not to mention a price tag of $74,975. That may seem shockingly pricey, but when it comes to diesel-powered heavy-duty trucks, this upper echelon is vastly more popular than you might imagine. GMC’s Sierra 2500 Denali, for instance, is its three-quarter-ton model’s highest-volume seller.
Now one of the many elements that differentiates the Ram 2500 from the half-ton 1500 is its ground clearance. The 2500 Limited with the Off-Road package may not be a Ram Power Wagon, but it’s still tall. Very tall. This contributes to its generally awesome appearance, not to mention its off-roading prowess and godlike view of the road. However, it does make loading a pair of not-exactly-light Ikea Strandmon armchairs into its bed rather difficult. I’m not sure something like Ford’s "Man Step" would’ve helped in this particular instance, but it certainly wouldn’t have hurt in others. Even something like GM’s corner steps would make climbing into the sky-high bed much easier.
With great difficulty, I managed to awkwardly lift one Strandmon box into the bed. With the help of a kind fellow Ikea shopper, I was able to negotiate the second one onboard. The other items were flat boxes and thus easier to lift. Those would’ve fit in most vehicles, but only a van or an especially huge SUV could’ve handled the Strandmons.
Well, that or a $100 Ikea delivery. But if you’ve got a truck, forget that. And if you’ve got a Ram 2500 Limited, well, that’s even better. What a truck it is.